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The Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE is an independent institute that develops social-ecological concepts for sustainable development. As an innovative scientific think tank we undertake transdisciplinary research for society, policy makers and industry – providing support for sound decision-making processes. more


Knowledge communication for sustainable development

Research and science play a central role in shaping social change processes. Thus, the questions of what kind of knowledge is necessary to shape transformation processes and how this knowledge is transferred from research into society are gaining importance. These questions will be dealt with...more


Keep on Moving: How to preserve the ecosystem of the Mongolian steppe

Mongolian steppe

Mongolia is currently undergoing major social and economic changes. This is also affecting the country’s eastern steppe, one of the largest intact grassland ecosystems in the world. Urbanisation is increasing and nomadic pasture management is increasingly restricted to areas close to settlements,...more


Call for Papers in the research project TransImpact: Social Impact of Transdisciplinary Research Processes

Transdisciplinary research contributes to solving complex social problems. But how can the potential of this research approach, which also opens up beyond disciplinary boundaries to “experiential and everyday knowledge”, be optimally developed? The TransImpact research project, led by ISOE –...more


Social Ecology: ISOE’s tenth anniversary of academic teaching

This semester, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research is entering its tenth year of academic training in the field of transdisciplinary sustainability research. Since 2008/2009 and as a unique cooperation in Germany, ISOE as an independent research institute has been offering “Social...more


Transdisciplinary research: Documentation for the ISOE Summer School “Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations” online

Transdisciplinary research is a rather new challenge for scientists. Sustainability research in particular aims to bring together scientific and non-scientific knowledge. However, the methodological foundations of transdisciplinary research are still rarely dealt with at university teaching. With...more


Green Talents visit ISOE

[Translate to Englisch:] Green Talents

On October 26, 2018, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research once again hosted the annual Green Talents Forum. Every year, the “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” honours 25 young international scientists working in sustainability research....more


Well-intentioned, but unsuitable: EU regulation on water reuse in agriculture

Irrigation in agriculture

Competition for water resources between agriculture, industry and public water supply is increasing. In view of the increasing demand, a European regulation on the possibilities of water reuse in agriculture is urgently needed. It is therefore logical that the EU Commission has drawn up a draft law...more

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